The Justice Department has had a bull's-eye on my back for yearsTraficant closer to expulsion Jul 19, 2002
Why can't the American people vote for whom they pleaseTraficant closer to expulsion Jul 19, 2002
If they vote for me and I get a majority of the votes, there'll be a hell of a stinkEthics committee debates Traficant Jul 18, 2002
I don't think I was tried by a jury of my peersTraficant runs while appealing conviction Apr 12, 2002
I have been a Democrat all my life, and quite frankly I am disgusted with both parties. I hate to say this. My father is rolling over in his grave, a truck driverTraficant announces run as independent Feb 23, 2010
James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (born May 8, 1941) is a former Democratic Representative in the United States Congress from Ohio (from 1985 to 2002). He represented the 17th Congressional District, which centered on his hometown of Youngstown and included parts of three counties in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley. He was expelled after being convicted of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and forcing his aides to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and on his houseboat in Washington, D.C., and was released from prison on September 2, 2009, after serving a seven-year sentence.
Traficant signed a limited, three-month contract to work as a part-time weekend talk radio host for Cleveland news/talk station WTAM in January 2010. His contract permitted him to quit if he chose to run for office. As of July 2010, it remains unclear if Traficant will return to the station; the WTAM website currently makes no mention of him.
Traficant ran for his old seat in the 2010 general election as an independent; he was defeated by incumbent Tim Ryan.